June 12, 2015 Subject:
Damn close if it's not...EPIC Dark Star with a MONSTER Phil jam, he is surely a rock and roll GOD, hear him stomp the earth. Highlights of this show are too numerous to mention. The Bird Song jam is one of the best I have ever heard. Even the rock and roll dance tunes like Around and Around/Promised Land are smoking. Try not to dance when Dickey and Jerry are trading jams and licks, I defy you to not move your feet when they're playing and singing to Mama. I LOVE 1973 GRATEFUL DEAD!!!
June 12, 2014 Subject:
This one does sound lovely - for such a giant, famous outdoor show I think the vast majority of this thing is captured beautifully. Can you say "jazz"? (Dark Star, Bird Song, Playin', et al...)
That stuff with Merl, Butch, and Dickey is irresistibly boogie-shoes friendly - check the drive on the rhythm for That's Alright, Mama and especially that first NFA - if you have a chance to listen to that sterling Allman Brothers set that opened this one (with one seriously lazy-sleazy-70s Liz Reed) you'll have damned near 7 hours of music altogether.
August 18, 2013 Subject:
The ambiance/texture of the Matrix format offers at lot, especially in dimensionality: the right time delay between the SNB and the AUD can fill out the aural space like nothing going. That said, why, oh why, do we have to have one one the sweetest of Jerry's Stellas filled with crowd noise and fire crackers??? (Because they were there?) And if you're adding crowd noise for ambiance, why not the interludes between songs as we were teased with what might be coming next: as it is we still have the abrupt segues between tracks that only reinforce the tag the Dead put across the cellophane of their records of the time: "There is nothing like a Grateful Dead Concert."
Still, for the flaws, this is the best recording I've heard of an exceptional show. (I first saw them a few weeks later at great - if slightly shorter - show that oddly doesn't appear on the master list at Dead.net, at the Spectrum in Philadelphia on their way up to Watkins Glen.)
June 25, 2013 Subject:
great job on the matrix. I find it hard to appreciate a matrix, not many guys out there know how to get a good ballance between the SBD and the AUD
however, this matrix is stellar. thank you kevin
June 12, 2013 Subject:
I think it sounds great,
personally. Lots of clarity juxtaposed with depth, and I don't usually like matrix recordings. Something's right about this one. The show is very jazzy-jammy, sometimes totally spaced out, sometimes dead tight, very mellow and pretty.
August 31, 2012 Subject:
One of the best... but the best copy is...
This has got to be one of the greatest Dead shows ever, opening with Morning Dew...closing the show with a great 3rd set that includes Dicky Betts! Sweet!
I can't give this copy a good rating for the poooooor quality on gdtrfb alone. However, Kevin Tobin made a different copy from the C Miller SB and patched it with audience sources. That one sounds fantastic.
July 25, 2012 Subject:
I was there...
Only 14 at the time and drank too much wine, so I don't remember much :p It sure sounds great on this recording!
August 28, 2011 Subject:
This is interesting to listen to...
It is a big difference from the "dry" SBD mix and the "muddy" AUD recording. I really appreciate the effort-it must have been a lot of work...
December 1, 2010 Subject:
In theory these matrix mixes could be cool but since the aud and sbd sources are such different quality here it just ends up sounding cheesy.
May 28, 2008 Subject:
A beautiful take on a classic show. I love those matrix mixes, Kevin!
May 6, 2008 Subject:
I just love the way this sounds. Great show as well. The matrix really helps to fill the sound in and make the typically dry sounding wall of sound boards sound full and ambient. Like your there.